10 days in Istanbul & Russia Itinerary

10 days in Istanbul & Russia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip itinerary maker

This plan was created by another user. Make it your plan

Route & dates

Start: Samsun, Turkey
Drive:  8 h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
3
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Sochi, Russia
— 1 night
Fly:  8 h
End: Samsun, Turkey

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Get some historical perspective at Hagia Sophia Museum and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Topkapi Palace and Istanbul Modern will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, explore the ancient world of Valens Aqueduct, and wander the streets of Istiklal Street.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul itinerary planning app.

Samsun to Istanbul is an approximately 8.5- hour car ride. You can also fly. Traveling from Samsun in November, you will find days in Istanbul are a bit cooler (17°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

2
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Get some historical perspective at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Do some cultural sightseeing at The State Hermitage Museum and Grand Peterhof Palace. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Russian Museum and pause for some serene contemplation at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the St. Petersburg online vacation maker.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to St. Petersburg takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in November, things will get much colder in St. Petersburg: highs are around 3°C and lows about -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

2
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Lenin's Mausoleum, contemplate the long history of Moscow Kremlin, and then contemplate the long history of Red Square. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of The Holy Virgin, then explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Moscow trip builder tool.

You can take a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in November, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Sochi.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Church of The Holy Virgin
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Church of The Holy Virgin ©
Church of The Holy Virgin
Red Square ©
Red Square
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

1
night
Sochi, Russia

Sochi
Called the "Summer Capital of Russia," the busy resort town of Sochi is best known as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): do a tasting at Babushkina Khata Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sochi route planning tool.

You can fly from Moscow to Sochi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Moscow, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Sochi, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 8°C. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sochi

Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Babushkina Khata Museum
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 22:

Similar Plans

12 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES October, kids, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: October, kids, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 14 days in Russia BY A USER FROM SWEDEN June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 14 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM SLOVAKIA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems Preferences: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 12 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM INDIA May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 13 days in Russia BY A USER FROM INDIA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 14 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE October, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular sights Preferences: October, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 11 days in Russia BY A USER FROM INDIA May, kids, popular & hidden gems Preferences: May, kids Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 14 days in Russia BY A USER FROM SWEDEN June, historic sites, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June, historic sites Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 13 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping, popular sights Preferences: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 13 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM TURKEY October, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, fast-paced, popular sights Preferences: October, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Fast-paced 18 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM MOROCCO October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, hidden gems Preferences: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Fast-paced 15 days in Russia BY A USER FROM SWEDEN June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy
See more plans